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    He always take notes (about, on) the lecture.

    Doesn't "about" work here? My grammar books says "on" is the only answer, but as I know "about" is more colloquial while "on" is more written, there seems to be little difference

    ex)He always take notes (about, on) the lecture.

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    Re: He always take notes (about, on) the lecture.

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Doesn't "about" work here? My grammar books says "on" is the only answer, but as I know "about" is more colloquial while "on" is more written, there seems to be little difference

    ex)He always take notes (about, on) the lecture.
    'On' is specific.
    'About' is not so specific, it means 'regarding', 'to do with', 'relating to'.

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    Re: He always take notes (about, on) the lecture.

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    'On' is specific.
    'About' is not so specific, it means 'regarding', 'to do with', 'relating to'.

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    I'm not sure of what you said.

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    Re: He always take notes (about, on) the lecture.

    on - specific
    about - general

    Is this clearer?

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    Re: He always take notes (about, on) the lecture.

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    on - specific
    about - general

    Is this clearer?

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    I've never heard of it, I've heard about is more spoken, while on is more written.

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    Re: He always take notes (about, on) the lecture.

    Google books results:

    take notes of the lecture 112
    take notes on the lecture 120
    take notes during the lecture 137
    take notes about the lecture 2

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    Re: He always take notes (about, on) the lecture.

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    Google books results:

    take notes of the lecture 112
    take notes on the lecture 120
    take notes during the lecture 137
    take notes about the lecture 2
    I'm sorry but I don't need search results but a firm opinion from native speakers' point of view.

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    Re: He always take notes (about, on) the lecture.

    If you write notes on (or in or during) a lecture, then you take notes while listening to a specific lecture - you write down what the lecturer is saying and use the notes to remind yourself later what they said. You might write "History lecture, 27 August 2011, covered American War of Independence, British industrial revolution and the role of women in the Second World War. Check relevant dates. Revise for next lecture".

    If you write notes about a lecture, then you write notes about the subject of "a lecture". You might write "Lecture - a class given by a lecturer. A room full of people learning a particular subject. Sometimes called a class or a lesson. Usually refers to university, not school".

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    Re: He always take notes (about, on) the lecture.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    If you write notes on (or in or during) a lecture, then you take notes while listening to a specific lecture - you write down what the lecturer is saying and use the notes to remind yourself later what they said. You might write "History lecture, 27 August 2011, covered American War of Independence, British industrial revolution and the role of women in the Second World War. Check relevant dates. Revise for next lecture".

    If you write notes about a lecture, then you write notes about the subject of "a lecture". You might write "Lecture - a class given by a lecturer. A room full of people learning a particular subject. Sometimes called a class or a lesson. Usually refers to university, not school".
    You mean on is for a specific subject, while about is for a general subject? Can you generalize the difference of the concepts?

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    Re: He always take notes (about, on) the lecture.

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    You mean on is for a specific subject, while about is for a general subject? Can you generalize the difference of the concepts?
    No, that's not what I said. Read my post again. And then again!

    There are far too many different ways of using "on" and "about", not one firm rule. Sometimes they're interchangeable, sometimes they're not. Sometimes they mean the same thing, sometimes they don't. Context is always important!

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